Small children have gaps where milk teeth have fallen off. The permanent tooth grows and fills the gap.
Teeth are a part of our skeleton system. To chew food, we need our teeth. The food we eat is ground into very small pieces for us to swallow. Babies are not born with teeth. Our teeth grow as we grow older. We have two sets of teeth during our lifetime. The first set of 20 teeth develops when we are young. They are called milk teeth.
When we reach the age of six milk teeth fall off. They are replaced by permanent teeth. They are 32 in all. this set of teeth can last a lifetime if proper care is taken.
Our teeth are covered with a thick and hard layer of enamel. There are four types of teeth namely incisors, canines, molars and premolars. Our front 12 teeth are incisors and canines. They are sharp. They grip and tear off piece of food. The back 20 teeth are premolars and molars. They grind and crush food for digestion. Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth for they hold the teeth firmly in their places.
Parts of Teeth
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